20 Last-Minute Gifts Under $20 for Everyone on Your List

We’re a week and a half away from Christmas and in the thick of Hanukkah, so here are some last-minute gifts that you can get quickly!

I’ve included options that are gender-neutral, for her, for him, and for kids. Let me know your favorite!

One Line a Day: 5 Year Memory Book
I received this as a gift right before I had my first child. It’s practically my baby book. I can commit to one line a day! Though, I’m kicking myself for not keeping up with it much in 2020 – but if I had, I would’ve been able to look back at 365 bright spots in this year :). Kids say and do cute things and good things happen even in a pandemic.

I’m linking the cheapest option here, which is “for moms”, but here are some other ones. I personally have the blue one, which is one of my favorite colors, and would apply to anybody.

I see they now make ones called “my boy“, “my daughter“, and “my baby” which melts my heart. Perfect for any parent! The general one works wonderfully for anybody in your life.


Phone Stand
This was also received as a gift! And from the same gifter above (she really gives the best gifts). I didn’t know I needed this in my life until I had it. It’s insanely convenient and they make an iPad version, too!

I use it when I want to prop my phone up while getting ready or cooking. When I received it, I was a mom to a newborn and my hands were always full. I’d want to watch a YouTube on my phone or FaceTime, or even just see my phone to know what time it was. Couldn’t do that with my hands full. But the phone stand sat right next to me and it really improved my life! 10/10 would give this as a gift.


Waffle Maker
People rave about these! It has over 98,000 reviews on Amazon! What?! I think this would be very handy with kids. Have you ever tried pancake batter with spinach? You could use the same batter here.

2 eggs + 1 banana + handful of spinach in a blender = batter


Extra Wide Straws
We have a lot of smoothies in this house and skinnier straws are a pain to clean. I have these on my wishlist!


Portable Charger
PSA. I think everyone needs a portable charger just to be safe. Like, actually safe, not just “now I can’t check Instagram because my phone is out of juice.” Once, a checkup with my baby ended up in a hospital visit (everything ended up being fine), but I almost couldn’t call my husband and give him the scoop. Surely in that situation, someone could’ve let me call him, but you get my point, I’m sure. Just one of those things that’s handy to keep in your diaper bag, stroller, purse, etc. and is great while traveling!

Portable Speaker
Another portable! I can think of many places to use this, but its small size makes it easy to just take it anywhere. If you have kids, I envision strapping it to the side of the stroller on walks or attaching it to a bike. Seems like fun!


Meat Thermometer
My mother, a fabulous cook, said a meat thermometer as “made her a better cook.” If it can improve her already delicious cooking, then I want it in my life. We both have a different one, but this looks like a more affordable option that’d get the job done. I’ve committed to memory that 165*F is the safe temperature for chicken and turkey.

Egg Cooker
My friend has sworn by hers for years. Clearly, I’m all about kitchen time savers as you may have gathered from this post.

Contigo Mug
This baby has been with us for a long time. Important info: get the stainless steel one instead of a colored one because we found that the colors will chip off. But the stainless steel one might survive the Apocalypse and that’s the kind of certainty we need right now.
Oh, also, maybe most important: it does not leak or spill!!!
I used this as my primary coffee mug with newborns and honestly still should since moms hardly ever enjoy coffee while it’s hot.

On The Go Old Fashioned Kit
I know several people I could give this to! What a cool idea!

Pocket Monkey
Ugh, guys are so hard to shop for. That’s why this is often my go-to. It’s the size of a credit card, more or less, and fits in a wallet. I’ve had a good track record with it, so I do recommend it.

Wine Opener
I have a different brand, but electric wine openers are quite handy.

Grow Your Own Salsa
How cool is this? This would be great for an apartment or a dorm. Could go very well with my cookbook, Cooking Without a Kitchen.

Microphone
This looks fun for all ages, honestly. You sync it up to just about anything and sing! The funniest thing about this, to me, is that I once read a review that said the buyer spent the better part of her afternoon singing to her husband and making unnecessary announcements. I’m envisioning syncing this up to tell a WFH husband “clean up on aisle 3” or that the baby needs a new diaper.

Art Mat
We have one of these and it’s a fun, mess-free, screen-free activity!


Bubble Machine
I have yet to meet a small child who wouldn’t love a bubble machine!

Pogo Stick
I’d love this if I were a kid! Go on and get that energy out!

Crayon Rocks
This seems like a good idea for little ones who might have trouble grasping a crayon.

Gem Dig Kit
Perfect indoor or outdoor activity!

Chain Reaction Lego
For the little engineer in your life. Great STEM activity!

Amazon Skincare Favorites

Because there’s always something new to find on Amazon, there will likely be more than one of these posts. For now, I give you some of my favorite suggestions from Amazon that I’ve ordered myself (often more than once!).

What are your favorite Amazon skincare finds?

*Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or any type of physician. These recommendations are purely anecdotal and have worked for me, but your best bet for skincare recommendations are from a dermatologist. Here’s one to follow! Check out her Instagram here.


Skincare

Elta MD
Anytime I bring this up, I usually hear “oh my dermatologist recommended this to (me, my dad, my sister).” After looking into getting it for a while, my friend Stia said she has been using it since college. Seemed like enough positive testimonials! I started with the clear version and now usually get the tinted one. The tint is not heavy and it won’t replace foundation, it just gives a “your skin but a little better” look. It has niacinamide in it, which helps acne, so that’s a bonus for me. I like the smell, too.

Dupe for Elta MD
Well, this isn’t a favorite, but I think it’s worth mentioning in case you want to save a few dollars or if it helps you decide between this and Elta MD. This is a similar product and costs a little less money. I can’t remember where I heard of this product – I think I just Googled “Elta MD Dupe.” The ingredients are similar (it also has niacinamide). It might have a little bit more coverage. The only negative I can give is that I don’t prefer the smell, but it’s not bad. I just like the smell of Elta MD better. This one smells like makeup. I’ll update later on to let you know if I like it better and if it’ll replace my Elta MD, but I felt I should mention it due to its similarities. Okay, back to favorites!

Tula Glow and Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm Stick
There are other places besides Amazon to purchase this, but I wanted to put it on the Amazon list because I think it’s cheaper overall by getting it here. If you purchase it through Tula’s website, you’ll have to add another $12 before shipping usually, and that often applies to other stores, too. But if you have Amazon Prime already, it’ll be free shipping on Amazon.
If there’s a promotion on Tula’s website, it can be cheaper, but those promos don’t happen terribly often. You can do subscribe and save on Tula’s site and save a few dollars per order, and you can cancel or pause it at any time. Promo codes don’t apply with the subscribe and save.
Anyway, here’s links to both places!

Amazon
Tula

I like to swipe this as a final touch, whether I wear makeup that day or not. It really does give a subtle cooling feel and I mainly use it around my eyes and up around (and below) the last 3rd of my eyebrows, but I also tend to apply it down the middle of my nose, my cupid’s bow, and sometimes the middle of my forehead. I’ve been through several of them already!

I found it especially helpful when my kids were newborns :).

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50
I heard this could be a dupe for It Cosmetics CC Cream and while I’m not entirely sure that I’d say that, I have really enjoyed this product. The coverage is just the right amount, like a filter. The consistency is thinner than IT Cosmetics and lighter on my face. Oh, and a little goes a long way, just like IT Cosmetics!


Pond’s Cream
Just like your grandma used. I like the smell, but most importantly, I like the results.

*I found it on Amazon Prime for $4.99, but occasionally it is not offered on Prime or costs more. Here is the same item at Target just in case it’s cheaper at the time you’re reading this:
6.5 oz version
10.1 oz version

Working Hands Cream
I have yet to meet a better match for dry, chapped knuckles during the winter!

Smith’s Rosebud Salve
I find that after putting this on at night, it’s still there in the morning. Sometimes I put it under my eyes after eye cream. I don’t know if that helps anything, but if you do it in the daytime, it does give a nice almost-highlighter effect. It can also be used on your eyebrows sort of like a gel.

Carenel Berry Lip Sleeping Mask
This is supposedly a dupe for Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, which I have never tried, but don’t suspect I will because this is half the price and works well on its own.
This is very similar to Smith’s Rosebud Salve and I can’t decide which stays on better. Here are my thoughts:

-This has a thicker consistency
-This has more product in the container
-The Smith’s is in a tin, which can be hard to open when you have something like a moisturizer on your hands.

Like the product above, sometimes I put it under my eyes.